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As Good As Dead: The Daring Escape of American POWs From a Japane...
by Stephen L. Moore

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English

Pages

364

Publication Date

November 22, 2016

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<b>“[A] truly uplifting tale of deliverance from certain death… a deeply personal read, in which the reader is drawn into the highs and lows of the action, the tragedy and the salvation, because Moore has so successfully drawn out the characters…. Compelling reading and hard to put down.”—<i>Naval History</i><br /><br />The heroic story of eleven American POWs who defied certain death in World War II—<i>As Good as Dead</i> is an unforgettable account of the Palawan Massacre survivors and their daring escape.  </b><br /><br />In late 1944, the Allies invaded the Japanese-held Philippines, and soon the end of the Pacific War was within reach. But for the last 150 American prisoners of war still held on the island of Palawan, there would be no salvation. After years of slave labor, starvation, disease, and torture, their worst fears were about to be realized. On December 14, with machine guns trained on them, they were herded underground into shallow air raid shelters—death pits dug with their own hands. <br /><br />Japanese soldiers doused the shelters with gasoline and set them on fire. Some thirty prisoners managed to bolt from the fiery carnage, running a lethal gauntlet of machine gun fire and bayonets to jump from the cliffs to the rocky Palawan coast. By the next morning, only eleven men were left alive—but their desperate journey to freedom had just begun. <br /><br /><i>As Good as Dead </i>is one of the greatest escape stories of World War II, and one that few Americans know. The eleven survivors of the Palawan Massacre—some badly wounded and burned—spent weeks evading Japanese patrols. They scrounged for food and water, swam shark-infested bays, and wandered through treacherous jungle terrain, hoping to find friendly Filipino guerrillas. Their endurance, determination, and courage in the face of death make this a gripping and inspiring saga of survival.
The Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the ...
by William Dalrymple

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English

Pages

576

Publication Date

September 10, 2019

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<b>“Superb … A vivid and richly detailed story … worth reading by everyone.” </b>-<b><i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /><b><br /></b><b>From the</b><b> bestselling </b><b>author of <i>Return of a King</i>, the story of how the East India Company took over large swaths of Asia, and the devastating results of the corporation running a country.</b><br /><b><br /></b>In August 1765, the East India Company defeated the young Mughal emperor and set up, in his place, a government run by English traders who collected taxes through means of a private army. <br /><br />The creation of this new government marked the moment that the East India Company ceased to be a conventional company and became something much more unusual: an international corporation transformed into an aggressive colonial power. Over the course of the next 47 years, the company's reach grew until almost all of India south of Delhi was effectively ruled from a boardroom in the city of London.<br /><br /><i>The Anarchy</i> tells one of history's most remarkable stories: how the Mughal Empire-which dominated world trade and manufacturing and possessed almost unlimited resources-fell apart and was replaced by a multinational corporation based thousands of miles overseas, and answerable to shareholders, most of whom had never even seen India and no idea about the country whose wealth was providing their dividends. Using previously untapped sources, Dalrymple tells the story of the East India Company as it has never been told before and provides a portrait of the devastating results from the abuse of corporate power.
Alone at Dawn: Medal of Honor Recipient John Chapman and the Unto...
by , Lori Longfritz

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English

Pages

353

Publication Date

June 25, 2019

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<b>The <i>New York Times</i> bestselling true account of John Chapman, Medal of Honor recipient and Special Ops Combat Controller, and his heroic one-man stand during the Afghan War, as he sacrificed his life to save the lives of 23 comrades-in-arms.</b><br />In the predawn hours of March 4, 2002, just below the 10,469-foot peak of a mountain in eastern Afghanistan, a fierce battle raged. Outnumbered by Al Qaeda fighters, Air Force Combat Controller John Chapman and a handful of Navy SEALs struggled to take the summit in a desperate bid to find a lost teammate. <br />Chapman, leading the charge, was gravely wounded in the initial assault. Believing he was dead, his SEAL leader ordered a retreat. Chapman regained consciousness alone, with the enemy closing in on three sides.<br /><br />John Chapman's subsequent display of incredible valor -- first saving the lives of his SEAL teammates and then, knowing he was mortally wounded, single-handedly engaging two dozen hardened fighters to save the lives of an incoming rescue squad -- posthumously earned him the Medal of Honor. Chapman is the first airman in nearly fifty years to be given the distinction reserved for America's greatest heroes.<br /><br /><i>Alone at Dawn</i> is also a behind-the-scenes look at the Air Force Combat Controllers: the world's deadliest and most versatile special operations force, whose members must not only exceed the qualifications of Navy SEAL and Army Delta Force teams but also act with sharp decisiveness and deft precision -- even in the face of life-threatening danger.<br /><br />Drawing from firsthand accounts, classified documents, dramatic video footage, and extensive interviews with leaders and survivors of the operation, <i>Alone at Dawn</i> is the story of an extraordinary man's brave last stand and the brotherhood that forged him.<br /><br />
Mission Beyond Darkness
by J Bryan

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English

Pages

157

Publication Date

August 07, 2019

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<b>When the pilots flew from the carriers of the Task Force 58 they knew they had little hope of returning to their ships.<br /><br />Given that there was only seventy-five minutes of daylight left, they had little fuel, and they were flying into the middle of the world’s biggest ocean to attack the damaged but still dangerous Japanese fleet, it is little wonder that many of them were pessimistic about their chances.</b><br /><br />Yet this is exactly what sixty-four men did in the twilight hours of June 19th, 1944.<br /><br />Not one of the pilots or their crew hesitated as they got into their planes. <br /><br />“They did what their commanders and their country told them to do. They carried out a ‘mission beyond darkness.’” Robert M. Citino, <em>Navy Times</em><br /><br /><em>Mission Beyond Darkness</em> by Lt. Commander J. Bryan III records in fascinating detail one of the most remarkable missions that place during the war in the Pacific.<br /><br />Rather relying on second-hand accounts Byran explains this his work is completely authentic as it “is derived wholly from narratives by the survivors, from statements by officers and men of the <em>Lexington</em>’s company”.<br /><br />“A story of tight going and tricky work that provided aerial miracles in a landing stampede of planes and pilots; the responsibilities of those aboard the carriers; the rescue work of destroyers and escort ships; foul ups and rogue ships; obstacles of dwindling fuel, misunderstood signals … Top among aviation books.” <em>Kirkus Reviews</em><br /><br />“The thrilling story of the closing phase of the First Battle of the Philippines, in which Air Group 16 from the <em>Lexington</em> successfully attacked a number of fleeing Japanese battleships and carriers.” <em>Foreign Affairs</em><br /><br />Lieutenant Commander J. Bryan III, USNR, served as a lieutenant commander assigned to naval air combat intelligence in the Pacific during World War Two. In civilian life he was a journalist and writer who was born into the influential Bryan family of newspaper publishers and industrialists. He passed away in 1993. <em>Mission Beyond Darkness</em> was first published in 1945.<br />
Supreme Commander: MacArthur's Triumph in Japan
by Seymour Morris Jr.

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English

Pages

395

Publication Date

April 22, 2014

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<p>Seymour Morris Jr. combines political history, military biography, and business management to tell the story of General Douglas MacArthur's tremendous success in rebuilding Japan after World War II in <em>Supreme Commander</em>, a lively, in-depth work of biographical history complementary to <em>The Generals, The Storm of War</em>, and <em>Truman.</em></p><p>He is the most decorated general in American history—and the only five five-star general to receive the Medal of Honor. Yet Douglas MacArthur's greatest victory was not in war but in peace.</p><p>As the uniquely titled Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers, he was charged with transforming a defeated, militarist empire into a beacon of peace and democracy—“the greatest gamble ever attempted,” he called it. A career military man, MacArthur had no experience in politics, diplomacy, or economics. A vain, reclusive, and self-centered man, his many enemies in Washington thought he was a flaming peacock, and few, including President Harry Truman's closest advisors, gave him a chance of succeeding. Yet MacArthur did so brilliantly, defying timetables and expectations.</p><p><em>Supreme Commander</em> tells for the first time, the story of how MacArthur's leadership achieved a nation-building success that had never been attempted before—and never replicated since. Seymour Morris Jr. reveals this flawed man at his best who treated a defeated enemy with respect; who made informed and thoughtful decisions yet could be brash and stubborn when necessary, and who lead the Occupation with intelligence, class, and compassion.</p><p>Morris analyzes MacArthur's key tactical choices, explaining how each contributed to his accomplishment, and paints a detailed picture of a true patriot—a man of conviction who proved to be an outstanding and effective leader in the most extraordinary circumstances.</p>
Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart o...
by Jung Chang

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English

Pages

375

Publication Date

October 29, 2019

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<b>They were the most famous sisters in China. As the country battled through a hundred years of wars, revolutions and seismic transformations, the three Soong sisters from Shanghai were at the center of power, and each of them left an indelible mark on history.</b><br /><br /><b>Red Sister,</b> Ching-ling, married the 'Father of China', Sun Yat-sen, and rose to be Mao's vice-chair. <br /><b>Little Sister, </b>May-ling, became Madame Chiang Kai-shek, first lady of pre-Communist Nationalist China and a major political figure in her own right. <br /><b>Big Sister,</b> Ei-ling, became Chiang's unofficial main adviser - and made herself one of China's richest women. <br /><br />All three sisters enjoyed tremendous privilege and glory, but also endured constant mortal danger. They showed great courage and experienced passionate love, as well as despair and heartbreak. They remained close emotionally, even when they embraced opposing political camps and Ching-ling dedicated herself to destroying her two sisters' worlds.<br /><br /><i>Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister</i> is a gripping story of love, war, intrigue, bravery, glamour and betrayal, which takes us on a sweeping journey from Canton to Hawaii to New York, from exiles' quarters in Japan and Berlin to secret meeting rooms in Moscow, and from the compounds of the Communist elite in Beijing to the corridors of power in democratic Taiwan. In a group biography that is by turns intimate and epic, Jung Chang reveals the lives of three extraordinary women who helped shape twentieth-century China.
Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway: The Ja...
by , Anthony Tully

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English

Pages

640

Publication Date

November 30, 2005

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Many consider the Battle of Midway to have turned the tide of the Pacific War. It is without question one of the most famous battles in history. Now, for the first time since Gordon W. Prange’s bestselling <i>Miracle at Midway</i>, Jonathan Parshall and Anthony Tully offer a new interpretation of this great naval engagement. Unlike previous accounts, <i>Shattered Sword</i> makes extensive use of Japanese primary sources. It also corrects the many errors of Mitsuo Fuchida’s <i>Midway: The Battle That Doomed Japan</i>, an uncritical reliance upon which has tainted every previous Western account. It thus forces a major, potentially controversial reevaluation of the great battle. The authors examine the battle in detail and effortlessly place it within the context of the Imperial Navy’s doctrine and technology. With a foreword by leading WWII naval historian John Lundstrom, <i>Shattered Sword</i> will become an indispensable part of any military buff’s library. Winner of the 2005 John Lyman Book Award for the "Best Book in U.S. Naval History" and cited by <i>Proceedings</i> as one of its "Notable Naval Books" for 2005.
Tap Code: The Epic Survival Tale of a Vietnam POW and the Secret ...
by , Sara W. Berry

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English

Pages

253

Publication Date

November 05, 2019

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<p><strong><em>Tap Code </em>shares never-before-told details of underground operations during the Vietnam War while weaving in an inspiring story of true love, honor, and courage as husband and wife endured the hardest circumstances they had ever faced. <strong> </strong></strong></p><p>When Air Force pilot Captain Carlyle "Smitty" Harris was shot down over Vietnam on April 4, 1965, he had no idea what horrors awaited him in the infamous Hoa Lo prison--nicknamed the "Hanoi Hilton." Harris was the sixth American POW captured in the air war over North Vietnam, and for the next eight years, Smitty and hundreds of other American POWs--including John McCain and George "Bud" Day--suffered torture, solitary confinement, and abuse. </p><p>Their dignity was taken, their wills were challenged, and their bodies were bruised and battered. But in the midst of the struggle, Smitty remembered once learning the Tap Code--an old, long-unused World War II method of communication through tapping on a common water pipe. He covertly taught the code to many POWs, and in turn they taught others. </p><p>Simple and effective, the Tap Code quickly spread throughout the prison and became one of the most covert ways for POWs to communicate without their captors' knowledge. It became a lifeline during their internment--a morale booster, a vehicle of unity, and a way to communicate the chain of command--and was instrumental in helping them prevail over a brutal enemy. </p><p>Back home, meanwhile, Harris's wife, Louise, raised their three children alone, unsure of her husband's fate. One of the first POW wives of the Vietnam War, she became a role model for many wives, advocating for herself and her children in her husband's absence.<em> </em></p><p>Told through both Smitty's and Louise's voices, <em>Tap Code </em>shares a riveting true story of ingenuity under pressure, strength and dignity in the face of the enemy, the love of family, and the hope, faith, and resolve necessary to endure even the darkest circumstances.</p>
The Fall of Japan: The Final Weeks of World War II in the Pacific
by William Craig

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English

Pages

361

Publication Date

September 29, 2015

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<b><i>New York Times</i></b><b> Bestseller: A “virtually faultless” account of the last weeks of WWII in the Pacific from both Japanese and American perspectives (<i>The New York Times Book Review</i>).</b><br /><br /> By midsummer 1945, Japan had long since lost the war in the Pacific. The people were not told the truth, and neither was the emperor. Japanese generals, admirals, and statesmen knew, but only a handful of leaders were willing to accept defeat. Most were bent on fighting the Allies until the last Japanese soldier died and the last city burned to the ground.<br />  <br /> Exhaustively researched and vividly told, <i>The Fall of Japan</i> masterfully chronicles the dramatic events that brought an end to the Pacific War and forced a once-mighty military nation to surrender unconditionally.<br />  <br /> From the ferocious fighting on Okinawa to the all-but-impossible mission to drop the 2nd atom bomb, and from Franklin D. Roosevelt’s White House to the Tokyo bunker where tearful Japanese leaders first told the emperor the truth, William Craig captures the pivotal events of the war with spellbinding authority. <i>The Fall of Japan </i>brings to life both celebrated and lesser-known historical figures, including Admiral Takijiro Onishi, the brash commander who drew up the Yamamoto plan for the attack on Pearl Harbor and inspired the death cult of kamikaze pilots., This astonishing account ranks alongside Cornelius Ryan’s <i>The Longest Day </i>and John Toland’s <i>The Rising Sun </i>as a masterpiece of World War II history.
Chinese Communist Espionage: An Intelligence Primer
by , Matthew Brazil

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English

Pages

361

Publication Date

November 15, 2019

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This is the first book of its kind to employ hundreds of Chinese sources to explain the history and current state of Chinese Communist intelligence operations. It profiles the leaders, top spies, and important operations in the history of China's espionage organs, and links to an extensive online glossary of Chinese language intelligence and security terms. Peter Mattis and Matthew Brazil present an unprecedented look into the murky world of Chinese espionage both past and present, enabling a better understanding of how pervasive and important its influence is, both in China and abroad.

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